Blog : education

NextHome Realty Select expands with third location

NextHome Realty Select expands with third location

Curtis Siever

Pleasanton, CA — December 7, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our latest addition to the franchise, NextHome Realty Select – Front Royal Branch. This brokerage is the fourth NextHome franchised location in the state of Virginia.

The Front Royal location will be owned and operated by 24-year real estate veteran, Curtis Siever. The brokerage will provide residential real estate, new construction sales, land sales, and lot development services to the areas of Winchester, Front Royal, Woodstock, Linden, and the Northern Shenandoah Valley. Siever and his team also serve the West Virginia Eastern Panhandle which offers many growth possibilities.

“The Front Royal branch is almost like a homecoming,” said Siever. At the recent grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony, Front Royal Mayor Tharpe congratulated Siever on returning to the city and opening a business on the revitalized Main Street. The local chamber of commerce was on hand along with 75 other business owners, town council members, fellow REALTORS®, and past clients to open the new location.

The town of Front Royal is located 90 minutes west of Washington DC and is home to nearly 15,000 residents. The newest office location is 30 miles south of the first NextHome Realty Select office in Winchester, VA and 30 miles from the Woodstock, VA branch.

Opening his third office just a week after announcing his Woodstock branch office, Siever says the quality of his trusted agents gave him the confidence to continue his area expansion.

Opening his first NextHome office in 2016, Siever started with only one agent and has since built his REALTOR® base to over 25 agents in just over 2 years. The reason for this growth is the collaborative and open policy he has implemented with all of his agents.

Originally from Front Royal, Siever was licensed in 1994 and started his career with Weichert Realtors. His brother, Terry, was the owner of a successful real estate construction business. Blue Ridge Construction created beautiful homes but needed someone to market and sell these properties. Siever was the perfect person to provide that service.

The early years of his career were spent selling homes in the Front Royal and Linden areas to many clients moving from the Northern Virginia and DC area. Siever also had a desire to build new construction homes and managed a construction company from 2003 to 2008, building 35 new homes.

Over the next two decades, Siever leveraged his new construction sales background to create an incredibly successful real estate sales career. Averaging over 40 transactions yearly, Siever consistently ranks as one of the top producers in his area.

In early 2016, Siever felt the need to follow his passion of not only helping those in need of real estate services. He wanted to help mentor and lead agents and felt it was the right time to open his own brokerage. Siever attained his broker’s license and began looking for a franchise that would best help him deliver services and technology to his brokerage.

“I found NextHome through a simple Google search,” recalled Siever. “I was hooked on the website and found myself researching the company pretty thoroughly before reaching out to (NextHome’s Vice President of Sales) Charis Moreno.”

While he was pretty sure he was moving forward with NextHome, it was his visit to the NextHome Conference in May of 2016 that sealed the deal for him.

“Spending time with the entire NextHome leadership team in Nashville really helped me understand the quality of the company,” said Siever. “In speaking with (NextHome’s Chief Executive Officer) James Dwiggins, I found his business knowledge to be exceptional, but it was his sincerity of wanting to see me succeed as a broker that made me confident that NextHome was the right choice for me.”

When not selling real estate, Siever enjoys spending time with his wife, Donna. After three years together, the couple were wed in the spring of 2016. The couple enjoy spending time traveling and spending time with Siever’s daughter, Amanda.Please join us in congratulating Curtis and the rest of the team at NextHome Realty Select on their third NextHome location!

Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at Charis@NextHome.com.

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

Run Your Own Race

Run Your Own Race

This November marked my 14th year attending the National Association of REALTORS® Conference and Expo. I spent the first 11 as one of the 1,000+ vendors peddling product as REALTORS® go from booth to booth, trick or treating for tchotchkes and the next shiny piece of technology that promises to change their business forever. It is only the last three years I have been on the franchisor side, searching for speakers who inspire and share the latest real estate trends. Attending usually results in lots of lobby meetings, networking with today’s influencers and reminiscing of yesterday’s newsmakers. It’s also interesting to see the many real estate legislators, councils, and state reps debating and lobbying for their own political gain and the protection of those they were elected to serve. While it is an exhausting five days, NAR Annual is guaranteed to be anything but boring!

What I found most fascinating is we, as an industry, seem to be reacting to our fear of people, companies, and technology rather than moving our industry forward. The world around us is changing and evolving at a pace that we are scientifically not able to adapt with. This is a fact. It is said that 65 percent of kindergarteners today will end up in careers that don’t even exist yet. Ten years ago, the title “Social Media Manager” or “Mobile App Developer” would have been an imaginary job. Today, we cannot imagine waking up without checking our notifications or snapping photos for social media or using apps that remind us when to stand up at work, how to get places, how our stocks are doing, and so much more! As a society, we have become dependent on technology to do the simplest things. So why do we as an industry keep circling and repurposing the same topics and fears year after year?

We are all consumers. I would even go as far as saying 10:10 of us could not go one week without internet/WiFi connection. And find me one REALTOR® in our industry who is not happy about the progression of things like email, paperless contracts, UBER, Netflix, iTunes, Alexa, 3D tours, or Amazon. Why do we accept and welcome change and progress in every aspect of our life but fight it in our own industry? As if the buyers and sellers of real estate are not the same?

So while the real estate industry is still sorting out some version of “How do we take our data back? When will Zillow become a brokerage? Are iBuyers the next disruptors? Should we consolidate the MLSs (or remain 690 too many)? Does responding to leads in under 5 minutes result in more business?” and so on… NextHome will celebrate the fact that we are opening an average of almost 3 offices and adding more than 50 NextHomies each week. We will continue to refine our systems to make them better and more competitive. We will continue to expand beyond the boundaries of what everyone says is possible while delivering the very best experience to our franchisees, so they can extend it to their agents who can then extend it to their clients.

What was my greatest takeaway from this year’s NAR Annual? Run your own race, love those running it with you, and do not get lost in the noise. Do not become complacent or stagnant and stop worrying about what your competition is doing. This is a journey with a lot of pit stops and the scenery is changing fast. If you keep pressing forward and moving your business to the next destination, you will open yourself to a world you never knew was possible.

Ready to take your journey to the NEXT level?

NextHome announces eight new office locations in October 2018

NextHome announces eight new office locations in October 2018

Pleasanton, CA — November 7, 2018 — NextHome is proud to welcome eight new franchised locations announced in the month of October 2018.

Mike and Tanya Scott opened the doors to their second office location, NextHome SoMo Life in Springfield, Missouri. With the addition of top-producing real estate team, The 417 Sisters, the Scotts knew it was the right time to expand in the area.

October also marked the launch of NextHome VIP Realty in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. An experienced recruiter, Heath Van Patten took over as the owner of NextHome Treasure Valley in Meridian in 2017. Bringing on a trusted broker gave him the opportunity to leap into a new market with a second office location.

Nathalie Ames, Ross Beede, and Eileen Turner opened not one but two NextHome franchised locations in Colorado. With offices in Mesa and Grand Junction, NextHome Grand is poised to make a significant impact on the local real estate market.

Serving the Greater Orlando Area, NextHome Central Realty in Lake Mary, Florida became the newest addition to our franchise. With a strong background in lead generation and internet marketing, Roger Michaels will take the brokerage to new heights.

Business partners Dan Pizzi, Pete O’Brien, and Mike Schmidt opened NextHome Brandywine in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. With each partner focusing on their core strengths, the dynamic brokerage is set up for success.

Continuing NextHome’s expansion in Idaho, October brought us the opening of NextHome Solid Ground in Post Falls. Broker/owner Janna McRoy brings a wealth of experience to the agents joining her brokerage. We are excited to see Janna and her team grow their presence in Post Falls, Hayden, Sandpoint, and the surrounding communities.

Finally, October ended with another strong office opening in Florida. Based in Apopka, Natalie Arrowsmith opened her brokerage, NextHome Arrowsmith Realty. Through her involvement in the Women’s Council of REALTORS® and her local association, Natalie continues to make a real impact on the Florida real estate community.

The NextHome franchise is proud to announce 81 new offices opened since the beginning of 2018.

Which just leaves one question…

#WhosNext?

Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at Charis@NextHome.com.

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome Hive Properties Opens in the San Diego Area

NextHome Hive Properties Opens in the San Diego Area

Jose Frausto (left) and Nichole Quiroz (right)

Pleasanton, CA — November 1, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Hive Properties. The brokerage represents the 60th location opened in the state of California for the NextHome franchise.

Based in Chula Vista, NextHome Hive Properties will be owned by Jose Frausto and will have Nichole Quiroz serve as the Director of Operations for the brokerage. Warren Barrett will be the Broker of Record for the company.

The brokerage will provide real estate services such as single family residential sales, first-time home buyers, rehab and resale property listings, investment sales, commercial, luxury purchase and sales, vacation home purchases, and land sales for buyers and sellers for the cities of Chula Vista, La Jolla, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Encinitas, North Park, South Park, Kensington, Point Loma, and the rest of the greater San Diego area.

With more than 14 years in real estate, Jose is no stranger to all phases of property development. An experienced house flipper, he started a holding company, Main Group Holdings LLC, in 2016 in order to acquire properties for rehab and resale.

After meeting Nichole in 2017, Jose found her to be a perfect fit to run the real estate division of Main Group Holdings LLC. At that time, Nichole was working for a hard money lender who was working on funding of a development project Jose was involved in.

“I was so impressed with Nichole’s attention to detail and her straightforward honesty and her ambitious nature,” said Jose. “She says what she is going to do and always delivers on her promises.”

“The opportunity to work with Jose came at a perfect time in my career,” said Nichole. “I have a background in land development for more than ten years, so expanding the real estate division of Jose’s company was something I was very interested in.”

Jose and Nichole say that the NextHome Hive Properties difference is their ability to provide several services a home buyer or home seller would want.

“NextHome Hive Properties is just one division under the Main Group Holdings LLC family of companies,” said Jose. “With companies that handle solar, plumbing, and title just to name a few, we can provide a one stop shop for all of our clients.”

Wanting to provide that edge for Nichole and the real estate division, Jose looked into franchising and found NextHome to be the right fit.

“By aligning with NextHome, we are now able to leverage a nationwide network of real estate professionals,” said Jose.

“We really love the clean and beautiful branding, the forward-focused technology, and the ability to run our local business as we see fit,” added Nichole. “We love having a real estate company where adding value is easy for us to do.”

When not selling real estate, Jose and Nichole each find family to be their real focus.

Jose and his wife, Xilma, have been married 15 years. They have two children – Isabella (age 7) and Aaron (4). Jose says his favorite activity is anything that allows him to spend time with the family. You’ll often find them enjoying most Southern California theme parks, specifically Disneyland.

Nichole and her husband, Alfonso, have also been married 15 years and the couple have two children – Dylan (age 14) and Nora (12). Nichole is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and helps people achieve optimal health through workout and nutrition. She also volunteers time and efforts in helping with breast cancer research.

Please join us in congratulating Jose, Nichole and the rest of the team at NextHome Hive Properties on the opening of their new NextHome office in Chula Vista, CA!

 

Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at Charis@NextHome.com.

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

Blog Reboot: 5 Ways to Revive a Tired and Neglected Real Estate Blog

Blog Reboot: 5 Ways to Revive a Tired and Neglected Real Estate Blog

The new year is approaching fast and so is your chance for a blog reboot! If your goal is to put out more content in 2019, there’s no better time to step back and reframe your blog ideas and posting goals.

Before you get started, think about what makes you likely to come back to a website. People tend to revisit sites that offer value — and we don’t just mean monetary value. As a real estate agent, you have a wealth of knowledge about topics that most buyers and sellers will have to research before they get started on a transaction. Put this knowledge to use to gain blog fans who come back for more.

Below are five foolproof content ideas that real estate agents can deploy as they make a 2019 blog plan.

1. Don’t please everyone at once. Segment your audience and speak to them separately

If you work with first-time buyers, move-up buyers, empty nesters looking to downsize, relocating buyers, military personnel, celebrity or frequently relocating buyers, you know you’ll need pointed and timely content to entice them to read your blog. Start out the year by making a list of your top five buyer or seller segments, then write out 2-3 different posts you could write that would appeal to each of those segments.

Once posted, boost traffic to the post by running a targeted Facebook ad. Set up an ad group dedicated to each market segment in your area.

Looking for inspiration? One of our clients, Dana Hall Bradley, Better Homes and Gardens in Celebration, FL, recently wrote this post aimed at military officers preparing for retirement or deployment.

2. Channel your inner Dear Abby and write an advice column

Buyers and sellers turn to you advice every day. Why not leverage your knowledge by creating an advice column blog where you offer these same insights?

We love this post from SmartZip client, The Loken Group sharing their professional knowledge by offering the uncommonly known details surrounding Home Warranties.

Important: Be sure to present pros and cons for any decision and stop short of making a recommendation that could be construed as legally binding. Notice that Katie mentions that for the right buyer who understands the risks, buying a rental home on a college campus can be a good investment.

3. Create engaging FAQs for your visitors

Not sure about an advice column? If you want a less personal approach, create separate FAQs pages for both buyers and sellers. List out typical questions then briefly answer how you handle these scenarios as the agent in charge.

FAQs are also excellent for cross-linking opportunities. Remember to link to a free CMA offer, your contact page, free content offers or to your mortgage loan officer’s page. Check out this excellent example of an FAQ page with optimal cross-links.

4. Create a buyers’ dictionary or sellers’ dictionary

If you ask buyers and sellers to define FHA, DTI or MLS, their response will likely be IDK (or something a little more colorful). Consider creating a list of terms that buyers and sellers need to know, then update it as you have time. The NAR has a glossary that can be a good resource as you get started.

Another idea — which may provide more SEO juice — is to take one term per week and tackle it in an individual post. Because you’ll be familiar with these terms, each post should take you only 15-30 minutes to write. Then, you can continue to cross-link to the specific terms across your site, ensuring that visitors stay on your turf even when they run into words or terms they don’t understand.

5. Create evergreen or market-based infographics without the help of a designer

Infographics haven’t lost their popularity, so consider tackling this visual content tactic in 2019 with the use of a free infographic generator.

Our favorite free infographic tool is Canva. But if you’re willing to spend a bit of money, Piktocharthas more than 500 templates that can greatly reduce the time it will take you to concept and design an infographic.

Looking for inspiration? Here’s our Pinterest board of past infographics we’ve created, plus more trending infographics from the real estate industry.

 

For more helpful tips, visit the SmartZip blog.

The AHS Top 10: Best “Smart Home” Voice-Control Devices

The AHS Top 10: Best “Smart Home” Voice-Control Devices

Wondering what the thermostat is set on, but you really don’t want to get out of bed? Wishing the TV was on in the background while you cook, but you’re already elbow deep in the mixing bowl? Have no fear — voice-controlled home automation devices are here. The selection appears to grow every month; however, here’s our latest list of the top 10 “smart home” voice-controlled devices.

1. Vocca Light

Forget clapping; voice-controlled lights are where it’s at. And they’re easier to obtain than you may think. Vocca is a plug-and-play gadget that works straight from the box. In fact, it’s as easy to set up as it is to change a lightbulb. The best part? It can recognize your voice commands from up to 15 feet away.

2. Ivee Sleek

Speaking of 15 feet away, Ivee Sleek’s microphone can pick up commands from that distance, as well. And we’re not just talking about adjusting the thermostat. Want to create a new playlist? Schedule a ride with Uber? Ivee Sleek can handle it.

3. Jibo

The Jibo goes beyond connecting to your smart devices. Its built-in, high-resolution cameras (that recognize and track faces, might we add) can also capture pictures and enable video calling, too.

4. Athom Homey

Live in a multi-lingual household? You can take advantage of home voice control, too! The Athom Homey’s unique ability to understand commands in several languages makes it stand above the competition.

5. LG Vacuum Cleaner

No, we won’t judge you for talking to your vacuum cleaner. Especially if it’s one that can perform different cleaning patterns, such as spot cleaning those extra dirty areas, with a simple command.

6. Mycroft

Mycroft doesn’t simply lock the doors or switch on the lights. It can actually sync up with your streaming services, such as Netflix, and stream the content right on your Roku or Chromecast.

7. Samsung Smart TV

Tired of looking for the remote? Too lazy to get up and push buttons on the back of the TV? No problem. Samsung’s Smart TV allows you to control it — including apps like Netflix — without lifting a finger.

8. Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat With Voice Control

This device goes beyond the typical learning thermostat — it can actually expand its “command vocabulary” based on interactions with you.

9. Amazon Echo

Alexa is going to become your new best friend. We just know it. Can she play music? Sure. Answer questions and tell you the news and weather? Of course. Control your lights, thermostat, etc.? Easy.

10. Apple Homekit

Of course we couldn’t talk about home voice control without mentioning Siri. After all, she basically pioneered our voice-activated obsession, right? With Homekit, you can control all your smart devices at one time, ensuring a unified home environment. What’s more, you don’t even have to be home to have control. Just ask Siri to handle everything.

NextHome Brandywine is the Newest NextHome Brokerage

NextHome Brandywine is the Newest NextHome Brokerage

(clockwise from top right) Pete O’Brien, Mike Schmidt, Dan Pizzi and Vince Tallercio

Pleasanton, CA — October 19, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Brandywine. The brokerage represents the eighth location opened in the state of Pennsylvania for the NextHome franchise.

NextHome Brandywine will be owned and operated by business partners Dan Pizzi, Mike Schmidt, Pete O’Brien, and Vince Taliercio. Dan will be the managing partner handling the day-to-day operations for the brokerage. Mike will be in charge of all financials and compliance issues. Pete will be responsible for business development and public relations for the company, while Vince will serve as the broker of record.

The brokerage will provide real estate services such as single-family residential sales, first-time home buyers, rehab and resale property listings, investment sales, and land sales for buyers and sellers for the cities of Downingtown, West Chester, Coatesville, Pottstown and the counties of Delaware, Chester, Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia.

The relationships formed back in 2004 when Dan and Pete worked together in the telecommunications industry at MCI WorldCom. For three years they worked at the company with Dan as a Project Manager and Pete handling sales.

As the market changed with the economic downturn in 2007, Dan pivoted towards home sales with his family’s background in the real estate industry. His cousin owned a Century 21 office, so Dan started selling real estate part time.

In 2013, Dan and Pete reunited once again at Communications Test Design Inc. The friends worked together for two years before they were caught in another round of downsizing.

“After being part of another round of layoffs, I knew that I was ready to take control of my own destiny and get into real estate full time,” said Dan.

From 2016 to 2018, both Pete and Dan worked at Weichert Real Estate. Working their sphere of influence and using sales skills from their previous career, the partners did very well and were two of the better selling REALTORS® in the area.

After two years of selling as agents at a brokerage, Dan and Pete were ready to go out on their own and open their real estate company.

“We had the opportunity to purchase an existing brokerage, but after exploring all of our options, NextHome was the right fit for our new brokerage,” said Pete.

In 2011, Dan met Vince who was looking to open his own office at that time. They stayed in touch over the years. When it came time to open NextHome Brandywine, Dan reached out to have Vince be the broker of record.

“Vince has the well-rounded knowledge of not only the real estate compliance, but also how to manage a business,” said Dan. “Vince is skilled in multiple ways that will be huge in helping out our company.”

“With Mike, we have a business partner with an attention to detail like no other,” added Dan. “His strength is providing business insight into our brokerage unlike anyone else I know. Just his thought process brings a level that really charts the course for NextHome Brandywine.”

Please join us in congratulating Dan, Pete, Mike, Vince, and the rest of the team at NextHome Brandywine on the opening of their new NextHome office in Downingtown, PA!

Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at Charis@NextHome.com.

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome Closes Biggest Transaction in the Franchise’s History

NextHome Closes Biggest Transaction in the Franchise’s History

Orli Rudolph (left) and DJ Khaled (right)

High-profile artist, producer and social media star, DJ Khaled, added another win to his list of successes with his recently purchased 12,750-square-feet Miami Beach mansion. Represented by one of our NextHomies, the hip-hop icon’s new home is the biggest transaction closed by a member of our franchise.

Listed at $25.9 million, the lavish waterfront property features a total of nine bedrooms and 10.5 bathrooms—including a five-bedroom main house, four-bedroom guest house, safe room, outdoor shower, home theater, elevator, and a swimming pool nearly 80 feet long. Khaled was able to scoop up the listing for only $21.8 million.

Our very own Orli Rudolph from the Rudolph & Jerry Team with NextHome Realty Professionals represented Khaled on this deal. Born in South Beach and raised in North Miami Beach, Orli has a keen awareness and unparalleled intuition of Miami’s luxury real estate market.

Orli and her business partner, Matthew Jerry, joined the Ft. Lauderdale-based office in early 2017. Prior to joining NextHome Realty Professionals, the team spent five years building a client base that has resulted in hundreds of happy homeowners and lifelong friendships.

Orli has a strong reputation for professionalism, commitment and has helped numerous clients invest, buy, sell and rent properties.

Please join us in congratulating Orli Rudolph on closing the largest transaction thus far for our NextHome franchise!

Photo Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Photo Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Photo Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Zillow Group: Friend or Foe?

Zillow Group: Friend or Foe?

When it comes to Zillow Group, there seems to be a lot of fear and anger in our industry and it has been this way since the company launched in 2004. I experienced this first hand while working on the portal side of the business, starting with Realtor.com in 2003 and leaving Trulia in 2014. What I learned during these years has provided me insight into what the consumer needs and demands, as well as the fears of real estate professionals across the country.

Fear in business can be dangerous and detrimental. Some of us pull old quotes from Zillow executives and use them today to justify our concerns. Have we never changed course in our business or personal lives? Is it wrong for Zillow to shift direction? If the plan is not working, then perhaps the plan should change but not the goal.

One thing is certain: Zillow has never been shy about their goal of giving power to the people when it comes to making the best decision on the single greatest investment of their life. It’s not as complicated as we have made it over the last several decades. Instead of seeing them as a threat, why not look at Zillow Group as a way to learn and adopt what is working?

Yes, you could ignore them or pull your data as a way to fight against them. The reality is Zillow Group has captured over two-thirds of the total market share of online real estate shoppers and has more than double the audience of Realtor.com, the official site of the National Association of REALTORS®. We used to pay at least five times more for this kind of reach in print advertising without any guarantees readers would even flip to the real estate section. And don’t even get me started on TV or Super Bowl commercials.

NextHome’s leadership team understands that change is inevitable, but transformation is optional. And we choose transformation.

We are focused on transforming the franchise model into something fun and desirable; our franchise owners and their offices into a profitable and enticing place to work; and our agents into the most valuable part of the transaction, so there are no objections at closing time when the commission is paid.

We are also focused on transforming our relationship with industry partners, such as Zillow Group, so our agents and franchise owners are one of the first to be called upon when our partners want to try something new.

Especially if it means we can hold Zillow accountable for providing a service that will need to be successful if they want to get paid. And why shouldn’t they? After all, they are consuming all the financial risk to position themselves as the most visited real estate site in the world. How is it any different than hiring Cartus or paying another broker for a referral, except in this case the referring company is Zillow?

Is this a risky move? Of course! But it becomes a shared risk and without risk, there would be no progress. And without progress, we will not transform into the best version of ourselves.

6 Ways to Go Outside Your Comfort Zone for Real Estate Success

6 Ways to Go Outside Your Comfort Zone for Real Estate Success

Many seasoned sales professionals suggest shaking things up now and then, and venturing outside of your comfort zone in order to go from a good sales person to a great sales person. It is an exercise that can help you break that sales plateau and expand into techniques you may not have thought of before. But there is an art to stepping outside of your safe zone effectively.

When it comes to professional growth, sometimes change can be a valuable ally. This can mean shifting your approach to gaining new business, reexamining your relationships with current clients, or possibly venturing into new real estate markets.

Yet despite the potential benefits of entering unknown or unfamiliar territory, it can be challenging to know how or where to start. Here are six ways to challenge yourself to go beyond your comfort zone.

1. Take a look at what you’re doing now

Many times, the best way to challenge yourself is to take a look at your current situation. What are your approaches to building your business? How about your strategies for developing your client relationships?  If you find that your professional path has become overly familiar, it may be a sign to explore new tactics.

2. Get inspired by new ideas

Do you have a colleague who seems to have a great plan for growing their business? Or a friend in another industry who is up-to-date on technology and other resources? Don’t hesitate to ask others for their insights and advice. Increasing your exposure to new ideas in books, podcasts, blogs and more, can also help prepare you to take on new challenges.

3. Make a plan

Instead of plunging immediately into unknown waters, take time to develop a plan. Creating an outline of what you want to achieve, what you’d like to change, and how you see yourself attaining the best end results, can help you stay on track.

4. Explore different markets

Perhaps you’ve reached your sweet spot with a certain real estate market or clientele. While it’s great to keep a good thing going, you may be missing out on opportunities to expand into areas with strong growth potential. Look into neighborhoods that you may have overlooked in the past, or try researching groups of buyers or sellers who may be new to you.

5. Take on unfamiliar situations

Is there a course or networking event you’ve been curious about but have avoided due to a lack of familiarity with the subject? Or maybe there’s a professional area that you’ve wanted to improve upon (such as giving presentations or hosting educational seminars). Despite the discomfort that can come with tackling potentially uncomfortable situations, taking them head-on can help boost your confidence, knowledge and skill set.

6. Don’t be afraid to experiment

It’s hard to get new plans off the ground without giving them a chance. And, sometimes this can mean experimenting with different approaches or ideas. Give yourself the time to try out something new then observe and record what happens. Sometimes the best results can come from the most unlikely situations or sources.

Another way to go outside of your professional comfort zone is to take a look at resources that you may not have considered before, like American Home Shield® Home Warranties. Consider advising your clients on the benefits of getting coverage from AHS. They have plans that help protect homebuyers and sellers’ budgets and over 21 appliances and home system components from the costs of unexpected breakdowns.

For more helpful tips, visit the American Home Shield® Home Matters blog.